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MICHELLE HUGHES | July 07, 2015 | DISABILITIES | |

The tyranny of being an existing service provider: a view from inside the NDIS

Many thanks to The Power to Persuade for allowing us to cross post this piece by Jeff Thompson. Jeff Thompson is community development manager at a disability service provider in the ACT. In this post he explains the implications of the NDIS for existing service providers in an environment that favours the “new” over the known. [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 06, 2015 | CROAKEY NEWS | |

Join us for the #WonkyHealth book launch today – on #Periscope

Today, Croakey team members are gathered in Canberra for our first-ever team meet, thanks to a grant from the Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism. We are brainstorming ideas for how to improve the services Croakey offers readers, contributors and funders. If you’ve suggestions, please join the discussion at #Croakey and send in your suggestions. [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | July 05, 2015 | ASYLUM SEEKER HEALTH | 2 |

Working with asylum seekers in immigration detention: clinical and medical ethics update

A chilly protest in Melbourne is the latest in a series of actions by the medical profession against attempts by the Government to prevent doctors working in detention centres from talking publicly about their experiences. This follows a national ‘call-out’ organised by the Australian Medical Students Association which involved medical students around the country calling [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | July 05, 2015 | CHRONIC DISEASES | |

Medicare Locals and the future of primary health care research

The 30th of June saw the end of Medicare Locals, the primary health care bodies that evolved from Divisions of General Practice and were recommended by the Rudd Government’s National Primary Healthcare Strategy. After only four years (at most) of operation, these organisations had yet to reach their potential but many had made promising gains [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 05, 2015 | @WEPUBLICHEALTH | |

Celebrate #NAIDOC2015 with a long-read about love

It’s NAIDOC Week – a time “to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”. The theme – We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate – highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. I’m delighted to report that [...]

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KELLIE BISSET | July 04, 2015 | ABORTION | |

The Health Wrap: Speaking out on asylum seeker health; federal funding row; miracle medicine; lighting up tensions, access to abortion.

                This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe Life’s good….for some To start the Health Wrap on a [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | July 03, 2015 | ALCOHOL | |

Federal Budget impacts on Indigenous issues – new report

The health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is Australia’s most urgent and serious health challenge.  Despite this fact, Indigenous issues barely rated a mention in the Federal Government’s most recent Budget.  This, however, does not mean that Indigenous communities are unaffected by the Budget measures.  In fact there are a broad range of impacts [...]

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JENNIFER DOGGETT | July 03, 2015 | CHILD HEALTH | 2 |

Coke really is part of the solution! And not just for obesity…

Outsourcing our foreign aid to the Coca Cola corporation sounds like something The Chaser would come up with but in fact it’s a proposal being seriously floated by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.  In the following piece Dr Melissa Stoneham discusses this idea and explains why Coca Cola’s impact on health in developing countries is no [...]

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What does marriage equality mean for the Australian health system?

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) on marriage equality has been heralded as a milestone in addressing discrimination against people in same-sex partnerships and also broader issues of injustice affecting the lesbian, gay and bi-sexual, transgender, intersex, queer and allied (LGBTIQA) communities.   The implications for health care may not [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 01, 2015 | CROAKEY NEWS | |

Announcing details for the 3rd annual Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition

Entries are invited for the 3rd annual Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition. The topic is: “In the digital era, whose voices are being heard?” The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition is a joint project of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Croakey, and Inside Story, an online current affairs publication from the Swinburne [...]

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